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Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings

9.423 reviews
Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Cemetery
Ranked #2 in Luxor things to do
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The Valley of the Kings and nearby Valley of the Queens is where many Egyptian nobles have their final resting place -- the inside of the tombs have been protected from the elements and the faded ... Read more
paintings still on the wall are otherworldly. The tourist-friendly valleys are near Luxor (originally named Thebes), which is ground zero for anyone who wants to see Egyptian ruins up close and personal. In the Valley of the Kings, famous tombs include Tutankhamen and the sons of Ramses. In the Valley of the Queens, the tomb of Nefertari is the most well preserved you'll ever see.

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Foster City, California, USA

Valley of the Kings on the west side of Nile River is another must see in Luxor. Tour guide took us on a little boat to cross the river and went to see the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

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Quincy, Florida, USA

The tourist snapping pictures inside the tombs at the Valley of the Kings was more than shocked when the proprietor of this historical site took his camera away. “No flash photography”, the guide had warned us at the beginning of the tour. When Pharaohs of the later dynasties abandoned the funerary grounds at Giza in favor of royal burial chambers in the tracts of land across from Thebes, they decorated their crypts with sunk-relief carvings, illustrations, and hieroglyphics, painted in once-brilliant colors, now fading from the passage of time. And the multitudinous flashing of camera bulbs.

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Stuttgart, Germany

well known so there is realy a lot of tourist traffic, realy overcrowded but still a must in egypt, if you visit the not so popular graves it could be nicer than to visit the "stars"

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Stuttgart, Germany

The valley of the kings is a must see when you're in Egypt and interested in their culture/history. You can visit some of the tombs of the old pharaohs.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

This stunning collection of tombs is one of the most impressive archaeological sights that I have visited. Most tourists do a quick day visit and then leave. I'd highly recommend a minimum of 2 days so that you can see things leisurely without feeling too rushed. A guide can be very helpful -- especially at keeping the touts away.

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Singapore, Singapore

All the tombs are empty so there is not many things we can see. But I amazed with the pyramid shaped appearance and the whole landscape that I can feel the power of the Pharaohs in the past.

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Hurghada

it is one of the most fantastic places to visit, tombs of Ancient pharoahs cut in the mountain, vital colours representing Ancient Egypt beliefs about other life, visit Tuthmosis 3rd tomb, ramses 2nd tomb

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

One of the most important sites in the world! You get to select about 4 or 5 tombs each time you go. If you only have time for one visit choose wisely. I would pick tombs from different eras so you can see how things changed.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

the tomb visits are a must. don't go there in the hot summer as the walk can be punishing. King tut's tomb is breathtaking!

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Sydney, Australia

Unbelievable and breathtaking. You must see this unique valley to truly appreciate Egypt. You will need several days to actually see the tombs. You will leave with more questions than when you arrived. This was one of the worlds most amazing civilisations.

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Dreamtown

Of course must for all visitors of Luxor. For I was there not only one time, I tell you, if you do not like the heat; visit the valley in the very early morning. When I was there... there where 60 degrees... air temperature! You buy at the entrance the ticket for 3 tombs, you need two for 6, of course. The tomb of King Tutankhamun is an EXTRA! Which tomb is open for public.. it varies. Look on the lists on the websites of egyptologists or contact your travel-agency. If you wish to feel the absolutely silence I recommend the West Valley, ca 3 km to go right hand from main entrance to the VOK. It is also an extra-ticket, a guide will lead you and you can visit the tomb of King Godsfather Ay, the successor to the throne after King Tutankhamun. Taking photos in the Valley of the Kings was forbidden since a longer time and was last time I was there in 2011(it may have changed, but I don´t believe so). If the tomb of King Horemheb (a few steps away from the tomb of King Tutankhamun)should be open to public: take the chance, it is one of the most beautiful and was closed the last two years due to restauration works. I loved also the tomb of King Siptah, his mummy is famous because he had a clumbfood in result of Polio

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Worth seeing for sure. Not all of the tombs are open on all days, so it's worth asking your hotel which ones are closed just in case there is a specific one you want to see. If you start at the tombs that are furthest away, you can avoid a lot of the other tourists.

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Toronto

Really beautiful and worth seeing but make sure you go on days when all the tombs are open and not just a few.

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Eisenberg, Germany

interessante gräber

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